Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sketchy People and a Tiny Home

I've decided to sketch friends whose profile pics (or any social media photo) appeal to me in some way...so here's my first:



Her name is CJ and she's a neighborhood friend who I met at a karaoke club a few years back. She and her mom can sing! We have some pretty amazing local talent, so I may continue drawing folks from the karaoke group...but if you have a photo you'd like to send me, please e-mail me at ilyzu1216@yahoo.com and I'll take a look at it.

Yesterday I downloaded this book to my Kindle app for the iPad:



It's about a woman who made the decision to live a simpler life after suffering a near-death experience. Here's an inside look at her tiny home.




I'm still reading the book by Isabel Allende (it takes me longer to read in Spanish but I'll finish). My fancy Spanish vocabulary is finally growing.



Happy Thursday and Happy Reading!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Free Art Friday Miami Girl



This portrait is titled, "FAF Miami Girl," and it's for this week's treasure hunt. If you haven't heard of Free Art Friday, it's a weekly art giveaway that takes place in different cities around the world. The pieces are left on the streets, photographed and posted on their Facebook page, some with hints, some without (the photos are the biggest clues), and the search is on. Once someone find the artwork, a note is attached instructing them to post a pic to the FB page for all members to know it's been found, and they get to keep the piece.

Last year a Facebook friend from the UK dropped my Scarlett Johansson portrait on the streets of London for their FAF event, and I loved seeing the pic of the girl who found it. She was so sweet and now she and I are FB friends as well. This weekly treasure hunt is a lot of fun and exposes the city to unique works of art.  It's nice to see more and more young kids being a part of it.

I'm linking this post to this week's Paint Party Friday, another fun and talented group of people. Please click on the link and check out their work when you have time.

Feliz Friday! ♥

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lonely is the Night



This drawing was actually done on the back of a handout from my QuickBooks instructor. While waiting for the Tech guy to fix a computer problem, I had some free time.

The title of this sketch is from an old Billy Squier song. He was the first singer I saw in concert without a "chaperone" and I had such a crush on him.



Last night was anything but lonely...



I headed down the street for a night of karaoke with neighborhood friends. We chatted, drank mojitos, sang, danced and ate cookies. I love our little town.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Eye of the Tiger



This was just an eye exercise in colored pencil (with a touch of white acrylic paint) but I kept going with it and added the nose, mouth and chin in ink, Beneath and over the face I went into some meditative doodling, which reminded me of Zentangle art, but not exactly.

They say this kind of repetitive, brainless drawing is not only relaxing but it sparks creativity, boosts self-esteem, and helps keep you focused. I didn't get into all the patterns of Zentangle art, but I got the same positive effects by drawing all those repetitive lines in different directions.

Happy Paint Party Friday and I wish you a beautiful, relaxing weekend! xo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Eyes Without a Face



To me this is a song about betrayal and a man's realization that the love he'd seen in his woman's eyes is now gone. The fire is out!

I think it would've made more sense to call it, "Face Without the Eyes," since she's basically become soulless to him, but maybe I'm interpreting it all wrong.


Monday, November 3, 2014

What About Me?



This is one of my favorite 80s songs by Moving Pictures and this portrait is a quickie. The weather has been beautiful, sunny and 76, and I look for any excuse to be outside. It's a perfect day for a little wine on Lincoln Road. Here's what that looks like.



The chica in the pic is Irena Gapkovska, a wonderful artist from Macedonia, and we met a while back for a light meal and drinks before a night of figure drawing. I need to make it out there again one of these Wednesdays.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Call Me



Blondie's music was everywhere in the early 80s and she's still a favorite to sing at karaoke. When MTV came out, she introduced us to a punk look and sound we'd never been exposed to before and I remember thinking she was so cool. She and Stevie Nicks could do no wrong.

It's Halloween and we didn't decorate this year (the kids aren't into it and I'm not a big fan of the holiday), but I have enough candy to last me through Valentine's Day. That's the spirit, right? Eat as much chocolate as you can handle and enjoy your weekend! xo